When Arnold Schwarzenegger started talking seriously about his big Hollywood comeback and mentioned that a comic book character was among the roles he was pursuing, I don’t think any of us really thought he was talking about a character based on himself. But, well, here we are. Entertainment Weekly revealed this week the very first details on The Governator, a comic book and animated series that he is developing with none other than Stan Lee. The premise is exactly what it sounds like: a former governor who decides to become a Batman-inspired vigilante crimefighter with high tech equipment and a secret hideout under his house known as the Arnold Cave. If that sounds kinda corny and obvious, well, let’s face it… this is Stan Lee we’re talking about here.
The Governator’s arsenal also includes “a fleet of super vehicles at his disposal, a closet full of Super Suits that allow him to fly and perform other super stunts, and a team of colorful sidekicks, such as Zeke Muckerberg, the precocious 13-year-old computer whiz who acts as the Governator’s cybersecurity expert.” And just to make it sound even more like a bad SNL sketch, the primary villains will be an organization known as Gangsters Imposters Racketeers Liars & Irredeemable Ex-cons (G.I.R.L.I.E. Men). Groan.
In my opinion, self-parody is the last thing Arnold needs right now. Sure, he’s become a bit of a joke over the past few decades, but that can only take you so far. Many of his fans were hoping to see him return to some relatively serious action roles just like Sylvester Stallone has, and although that’s still possible, this isn’t going to make things easier. As for Stan Lee, the man may be a legend, but his track record has not been particularly great as of late. That being said, if this was a live action movie, I might be slightly more enthusiastic. What do you think, does The Governator have potential or is this a bad sign for Arnold’s comeback?